Klingle Road, which has been the subject of debate since it closed 17 years ago, would have been reopened under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's budget plan after an 8 to 5 council vote in 2003 to, in fact, reopen it.
Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), chairman of the committee, and member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) were outnumbered at a budget markup.
At first, Graham thought he had won today's debate, counting Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) as a yes after he proposed to delay any decision and holding a public hearing, particularly to hear from residents who want the road to stay open. He said they believed the road is supposed to reopen based on the council's votes five years ago.
Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who has pushed for the road to remain closed, immediately objected to the miscount. "Roll call. The ayes do not have it," she said.
Graham recounted with a show of hands. Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) also opposed the vote.
"The motion does not pass," Graham said.
Debate continues on what to do with the $2 million that would have started the reopening of the road.